If you really want to, transforming your life shouldn’t be all that hard. At all. Especially if you have from some of the greatest philosophers and eminent personalities who have walked this earth guiding you through the transition.
Without further ado, here is a curated list of the best life-changing hacks to transform your life from this moment on-
- Start small — whenever you get a chance or some free time (even a minute would do), do something that your future self will thank you for. It could be anything — sending a mail, making a call, looking up something, finding information, or simply having fun. (Anonymous) You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. (Jim Rohn)
- Realize — life has a 0% survival rate. None of us are getting out of here alive. Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. One day, your life will flash before your eyes — make sure it’s worth watching. At the end of the day, we are all just stories in someone’s memory. Make your story a worthwhile narration. (Anonymous)
- Remember — it’s good to be alive. Have fun. Once in a while, do whatever the hell you like. Spend the day in bed. Cry over films, and books, and music, and art. Smile at the grumpy man on the bus. Watch the old couple who walk hand in hand. Sing at the top of your lungs. Tell the person you like that you love them. Go out. Get wrecked. Dance. Kiss someone. Stay out all night. Fall over a few times. Make your friends laugh. Just fucking live a little! Even if you feel moody and miserable put a smile on your face because you’re here and you’re young and precious and alive. (Anonymous)
- There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it. (Judith McNaught)
- Forgive yourself. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have, or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on. (Les Brown)
- Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes, life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become. And for all those whose hearts have been broken over and over again, when you meet the right person, you’ll understand why it didn’t work out with anyone else. (Anonymous)
- Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. (Steve Jobs)
- It’s always better to look back and say, ‘I can’t believe I did that’, than to look back and say ‘I wish I did that’. In the end, we only regret the chances we did not take. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right and just do what you have always wanted to. (Anonymous)
- Life is not about finding your true self, but creating who you wish to be. The best way to predict your future is to create it. The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do. However hard life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. There is no key to success. Be humble, hungry and always be the hardest worker in the room. (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson )
- Always believe in yourself. A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. If you aren’t there yet, do whatever it takes to get that level of trust and belief about yourself. (Anonymous)
- Accept failure. Even look forward to failing at something. If you haven’t failed at something in a long time, then you have been living so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all — in which case, you fail by default. (J.K. Rowling)
- There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. (Nelson Mandela). What is the point in being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? (John Greene)
- You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true (Richard Bach). No matter how you feel — get up, dress up and fight for your dreams. You get what you work for, not what you wish for. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. (Jordan Bellfort, The Wolf of Wall Street).
- There aren’t any shortcuts to any place worth going. Nothing worth having comes easy and if it comes easy, the feeling won’t last. Work smart, but always be prepared for and look forward to the long haul. (Anonymous)
- Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears. Everyone is gifted, but some people never open their packages. If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. (Abraham Maslow).
- You are always one decision away from a totally different life. Nothing happens until you decide. Make and be confident in your own decisions. Stop looking for people’s approval for everything. Decide and watch your life move forward. (Oprah Winfrey). In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt).
- The best investment you can ever make is in your own health. Nothing else even comes close. Make your happiness and personal growth a priority in your life. The more you take care of yourself, the more you can take care of others. (Anonymous)
- Be careful about what you define and pursue as success. Any success that is achieved at the expense of your health, your family or your character, is not real success and is definitely not worth pursuing. Your future self would never be happy when and if you achieve such a success. (Anonymous)
- “What will people say” has killed more dreams than anything in the world. Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. (Regina Brett). Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it is not where you want to be. Every season serves a purpose. Just because you’re taking longer than others does not mean you’re a failure. Keep going. (Anonymous)
- Always believe, in fact, look forward to something wonderful happening…
Start now. One minute at a time. A small step at a time. Do not hesitate.
Start now by putting together those set of moments that your future self will thank you for.
Author is a designer, startup co-founder, fiction novelist and a design educator. He can be reached at asadjunaid(at)gmail(dot)com
Links to other articles by the author